Nokia Unveils Widgety Smartphone

N97, for release in 2009, has iPhone-like touchscreen, BlackBerry-like keypad, too
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2008 9:38 AM CST
Behold the N97, Nokia's latest do-it-all, high-end phone.   (Nokia)
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(Newser) – Nokia showed off its latest high-end smartphone today, touting a lush array of Internet features and top-notch specs. Taking pages from competitors (including iPhone and BlackBerry), the N97 sports a large touchscreen face, which slides up to reveal a full keyboard. That screen will be covered with a customizable set of widgets running directly off the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The $699 phone boasts gaudy hardware, too, including a 5-megapixel camera and a whopping 32 gigabytes of memory. The N97 be available in Europe early next year, but sadly there’s no word when the US will get its fix. “Heck,” notes Bonnie Cha on CNET, “we’re still waiting for the Nokia N96.”